Twells, Leonard a learned English divine, was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he proceeded A.B. in 1704. In 1733 the University of Oxford conferred on him the degree of A.M. by diploma, in approbation probably of his Critical Examination, etc. He was at that time vicar of St. Mary's, Marlborough, but in 1737 was presented to the united rectories of St. Matthew's, Friday Street, and St. Peter's, Cheap. He was also a prebendary of St. Paul's and one of the lecturers of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West. He died Feb. 19, 1741 or 1742. His publications in his lifetime were, A Critical Examination of the Late New Text and Version of the Testament, in Greek and English (pts. 1, 2, Lond. 1731; pt. 3, 1732, 8vo): — A Vindication of the Gospel of St.
Matthew (1735, 8vo): — Answer to the Inquiry into the Meaning of Daemoniacs in the New Test. (1737, 8vo): — Answer to the Further Inquiry (1738, 8vo). After his death, his; Sermons at Boyle's and lady Mover's lectures were published for the benefit of his family (1743, 2 vols. 8vo). See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Nichol, Lit. Anec.; id. Illustr. of Liter.